Bluegrass lovers and lovers of “fun things to do”, take notice: Chillicothe, Missouri, known as “The Home of Sliced Bread”, will host toe-tapping music and family fun from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 when the “Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival” opens on the Livingston County Courthouse Square in downtown Chillicothe.
The day-long event will fill the Courthouse Square with bluegrass bands on stage, picking stations for jammers, a children’s area of games and activities, a variety of food and craft venders, and a homemade bread baking contest. The event is being sponsored by the Chillicothe Area Arts Council, Main Street Chillicothe, and the Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region.
“Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival is a name that is too good to pass up when you live in the ‘Home of Sliced Bread,’” Julie Ashbrook, arts council administrator, said. “Crystal Narr of Main Street and Amy Supple, our regional tourism director, agreed. So together we began laying plans for this super-fun day in June in downtown Chillicothe.
“We wanted outstanding bluegrass bands as a major focus of the event,” Ashbrook continued, “and Larry Deskins and Mary Lou and Jan VanDeventer, all of Chillicothe, have worked with us from the beginning to bring their extensive bluegrass knowledge to the table. They found the bands, the lights, the sound, etc., and have created an outstanding lineup of bluegrass including “Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band” from Branson; “The Bankesters” from Carbondale, Illinois; “Lowell Appling & Rural Roots” from Lebanon; “Lonesome Road Bluegrass Band” from Republic and the “Chambers Family Band” from Kansas City. It is a wonderful mix of bands,” Ashbrook said.
“This is going to be a great activity for residents and visitors alike, no matter what your age,” Narr said. “We wanted to plan a weekend event for people looking for something fun to do, a break from the routine, a way to relax and just enjoy what our downtown has to offer. We are looking forward to sharing great music, kids’ activities, food and shopping opportunities all day long on June 15th in Chillicothe,” she said.
“We are looking forward to this new collaborative event becoming an anticipated summer favorite of residents and visitors for years to come,” Supple added. “Our Sliced Bread Baking contest has also found a new home at the Sliced Bread Jam, and we are excited about that.
“One last thing,” Supple said. “This is a rain or shine event. In the case of rain, the event will be held at the Mervyn Jenkins Expo Center, just west of the junction of Highways 65 and 190 in Chillicothe.”